Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Two Quilts Quilted Tonight

I am so proud of myself.  I did two quilts tonight free motion!  If I keep this up, I may actually feel comfortable quilting without a pantograph! 

I also got the binding made and attached so these are good to go! 

Friday, August 26, 2011

What is a Quilt Ministry?

I often get asked, "What is a quilt ministry?"  I'm not sure if I answer this question well so I thought I would try to write it out here and see how it sounds. 

A quilt ministry is a community service-minded ministry.  There is usually a focus on a particular cause or organization.  With Quilts from the Bluffs, we support the Omaha/Council Bluffs chapter of Project Linus, Mercy Hospital Critical Care Unit, Gabrielle's Corner and other requests to meet a one-time need.  We are looking into working with Children's Square as well.  It is important to understand who you are making the quilts for and to stay focused.  We know we cannot possibly make quilts for everyone that has a need but we can make a difference for a few organizations.

Another aspect of a quilt ministry, and one that is not as obvious until you are involved in one, is the relationships your have and the support you receive by meeting regularly with a group of women that share the same passion.  We get to know each other, share family stories, personal struggles, health issues and build a network of support that is amazing.  This is the best kind of small group there is in my opinion!  Quilters are very caring and generous people. 

So, what do you think of when you think of a quilt ministry?  I would love to hear your comments.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Tshirts Have Arrived!

It was very fun to open the box of 40 colorful tshirts for the group.  Very exciting!  Happy 5th Anniversary, Quilts from the Bluffs!!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Testing Pattern for Quilt Retreat

A Charmed Retreat is coming up in September.  We selected two patterns using charm packs as suggested projects if anyone wanted an idea.  I had tested the first one but didn't get the other one tested at the time I sent out the information to the retreat attendees. 
After one of the patterns we selected last year that was not tested and there was some difficulty doing it, I vowed to never have another pattern that was not tested ahead of time!

Here is the other pattern we suggested:

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Our Quilt Recipients

I wanted to take some time to talk about who gets our quilts. 

Mercy Hospital Critical Care  - The nurses at Mercy were trying to make tied fleece blankets for awhile and just couldn't keep up with the amount or the expense.  Fortunately, we were contacted to help out and have been giving quilts to them for the past 2-3 years.  These quilts really help to make the patients room more comfortable for the patient and family once the patient goes to the hospice stage.

Project Linus - This is a national organization with chapters in every state and most major cities.  Ginny DeBates is the coordinator for the Omaha/Council Bluffs chapter.  Project Linus has a network of organizations that have a need for quilts that include:
  • Creighton Neonatal  Intensive Care Unit
  • Offutt Air Force Base
  • American Red Cross
  • Bergen Mercy Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Kids and Co.
  • Bergen Mercy Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Foster Care Review Board
  • University Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • University Hospital
  • Sudanese Relief Organization
  • Masonic Eastern Star Home for Children
  • Jefferson House
  • Heartland Family Services
  • Boys Town
  • Blair Community Hospital
  • Area Funeral Homes
  • Area School Counselors
Gabrielle's Corner - Crisis Pregnancy Center in Council Bluffs

These three are our organizations where we focus most out attention.  We have also given quilts to Japan after the earthquake, Wings of Hope, Mohm's Place, and others.

Monday, August 15, 2011

New TShirt Design

I am ordering new T-Shirts for our group.  I wanted to post the new design here just in case you haven't seen it in the other dozen media's I've been showing it off in!  I just LOVE it!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

About Quilts from the Bluffs

Quilts from the Bluffs is a quilt ministry associated with First Christian Church of Council Bluffs, IA.  We started in October,2006 so we will be celebrating five years this October. 

The group is made up of women across the Omaha/Council Bluffs area.  You do not need to be a member of FCC to attend.  We meet the second Saturday of each month at the church from 10:00-4:00.

Our quilts are given to organizations in the community that would benefit from a handmade quilt to bring comfort to them.  These organizations include Project Linus, Mercy Hospital Critical Care in Council Bluffs, Gabrielle's Corner crisis pregnancy center, and Quilts of Valor to name a few.  We currently donate approximately 300 quilts a year.

We welcome new quilters and we accept any skill level from "I want to learn" to "I'm experienced and would love to share/help others".  All patterns and fabric are supplied.  You just show up with your sewing machine and we will get you working.

We also have a FaceBook page if you want to join in on the discussions there.  https://www.facebook.com/QuiltsFromTheBluffs

Mission Statement:Quilts from the Bluffs is a ministry of First Christian Church of Council Bluffs, Iowa, designed to show love and support to sick, traumatized, or otherwise hurting individuals in the area with a gift of a new, handmade quilt created by volunteer quilters. We also teach and encourage the art of quilting to interested individuals in the community free of charge.

For more information about the group, send an email to qftbluffs@gmail.com.  We will be glad to answer your questions and give you additional information.